71-year-old found murdered in Kalkaji, domestic help prime suspect

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2016 01:24 IST
Harneet Kaur (in yellow suit) with her family members. Kaur is suspected to have been killed by her dometic help. (HT Photo)

A 71-year-old woman was found murdered at her residence in south-east Delhi’s Kalkaji on Monday evening.

The incident was reported just hours after the police claimed to have solved last week’s murder of a 69-year-old woman in west Delhi and arrested her former domestic help for the crime.

Bearing strong similarities with the previous case, in this murder too police suspect the role of the woman’s former servants.

Around 7.20 pm, the police control room received information about the murder of 71-year-old Harneet Kaur, a resident of E block in Kalkaji.

Police said that Kaur was reportedly at home with one of the domestic help’s when she was murdered. Police suspect she was strangled.

Police said they received information about the incident from Kaur’s daughter-in-law around 7.20pm. The woman reportedly said that at about 6pm, she had gone to the local gurudwara.

At about 7.15pm when she returned, she found the main gate unlocked. On entering the house, Singh’s daughter-in-law saw Kaur lying unconscious on the ground.

The house in which Harneet Kaur was found murdered on Monday evening. (HT Photo)

The rooms were reportedly ransacked. The family told police around `70,000-80,000 cash and jewellery worth lakhs were missing.

Preliminary investigation revealed that about 20 days ago, the family had sacked their two domestic helps. The present domestic help, Lalit, claimed he had gone to the top floor to take a bath.

Investigating officials said they were verifying Lalit’s claim that he was in the bathroom and did not realise Kaur had been murdered. Police are checking the servant verification records of the two men who were sacked last month.

“It looks like the work of an insider. Somebody who knew the woman’s daughter-in-law would be in the gurudwara may be involved. We are looking at CCTV footage and trying to get clues,” said an investigating officer.

Police collected finger print samples from the house and were analysing them with their database.

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